We kick off our Elm Street series with the classic horror that started it all; 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street! We discuss its real life inspiration, Freddy Kruger, the end of childhood, the birth of horror movie tropes, what a slasher is, safe spaces, ghost marriage, Bring It On: Cheer or Die, & more!

Pablo Picasso died in 1973, before Star Wars came out. Salvador Dali died in 1989. It is unclear if he watched Star Wars. 

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye. It is the first installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp in his film debut.

Craven filmed A Nightmare on Elm Street on an estimated budget of $1.1 million.[3] The film was released on November 9, 1984, and grossed $57 million worldwide. A Nightmare on Elm Street was met with rave critical reviews and is considered to be one of the greatest horror films ever made, spawning a franchise consisting of six sequels, a television series, a crossover with Friday the 13th, various other merchandise, and a remake of the same name. Aside from Stunts, Polyester, and Alone in the Dark, it was one of the first films produced by New Line Cinema, who by that point mostly distributed films, leading the company to become a successful film studio up until 2008 and was even nicknamed "The House that Freddy Built".

The film is credited with using many of the tropes found in the low-budget horror films of the 1970s and 1980s that originated with John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). The film includes a morality play where sexually promiscuous teenagers are killed. Critics and film historians state that the film's premise is the struggle to define the distinction between dreams and reality, manifested by the lives and dreams of the teens in the film. Later critics praise the film's ability to transgress "the boundaries between the imaginary and real", toying with audience perceptions. The film was followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

In 2021, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

 

Bring It On: Cheer Or Die teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBn5LU7Ymlw&ab_channel=JoBloHorrorTrailers

A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVh4lBfW-c&ab_channel=RottenTomatoesClassicTrailers

We usher in the start of spooky season with horror movie recommendations His House and The Boy, then we preview what October has in store: the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series!
Plus badmouthing Stephen King, loving The Orphan, general Halloweening, & more!

A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVh4lBfW-c&ab_channel=RottenTomatoesClassicTrailers

His House trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYY0QJhlXjc&ab_channel=Netflix

The Boy trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGbB9UQ6r1g&ab_channel=ZeroMedia

Overdue Finds Horror Movie Episode: https://overduefinds.libsyn.com/42-oh-the-horror

September 19, 2022

175 My Fair Lady (1964)

Our feature this week is the Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison classic musical My Fair Lady. We talk dubbing controversies, feminism, Henry Higgins being a dick, employment opportunities, ambiguous endings, new wave music videos, bigfoot, Spooktember, and more! #FlowerShopForEliza
We don’t actually talk about bigfoot, but I don’t think anyone reads these.

Corrections: Audrey Hepburn did do another musical Indy loved: Funny Face!

 

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical drama film adapted from the 1956 Lerner and Loewe stage musical based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 stage play Pygmalion. With a screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner and directed by George Cukor, the film depicts a poor Cockney flower-seller named Eliza Doolittle who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak "proper" English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.

The film stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, with Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper and Wilfrid Hyde-White in supporting roles. A critical and commercial success, it became the second highest-grossing film of 1964 and won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.[4] In 1998, the American Film Institute named it the 91st greatest American film of all time. In 2006 it was ranked eighth in the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals list.


My Fair Lady Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJBM6qs22sE&ab_channel=ParamountMovies

 

Rex Harrison Wins Best Actor: 1965 Oscars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aL5W0dxoQY&ab_channel=Oscars

Indy gleefully recommends the Indian epic action/comedy/musical/historical drama film RRR (Rise Roar Revolt), Samantha reads Simu Liu’s memoir We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, and we prepare for everyone’s favourite cockney flower girl with My Fair Lady!
Plus Wendy Walker shirts, Resting Bikeface, Nightmare Island, Shark tweets, linguistics class, Indian history, Marvel movies, jacked Asian dudes, & more!

RRR is a 2022 Indian Telugu-language epic action drama film directed by S. S. Rajamouli, who wrote the film with V. Vijayendra Prasad. It is produced by D. V. V. Danayya of DVV Entertainment. The film stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, and Olivia Morris. It is a fictional story about two real-life Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Rama Rao), and their fight against the British Raj. Set in 1920, the plot explores the undocumented period in their lives when both the revolutionaries chose to go into obscurity before they began the fight for their country.

Simu Liu Chinese: 刘思慕; born 19 April 1989) is a Canadian actor, author, and stuntman. He is known for portraying Shang-Chi in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He also played Jung Kim in the CBC Television sitcom Kim's Convenience[3] and received nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for his work in Blood and Water.[4] In 2022, Liu authored the memoir We Were Dreamers and was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.


RRR Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgBoMJy386M&ab_channel=DVVEntertainment


Mother India Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFWHKtISBrY&ab_channel=EagleHomeEntertainments


My Fair Lady Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJBM6qs22sE&ab_channel=ParamountMovies

September 5, 2022

173 Pretty Woman (1990)

Today we are discussing the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman! We debate whether this movie is a step forward or backward for feminism, its class systems, meaningful apologies, retail revenge, happy endings, charm, & more!
Plus, Seinfeld, the Mandela Effect, The Little Mermaid, The Princess Diaries, & Audrey Hepburn!

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton. The film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Héctor Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy (in his final performance), Laura San Giacomo, and Jason Alexander in supporting roles.[1] The film's story centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward and wealthy businessman Edward Lewis. Vivian is hired to be Edward's escort for several business and social functions, and their relationship develops over the course of her week-long stay with him. The film's title Pretty Woman is based on the 1964 song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. It is the first film on-screen collaboration between Gere and Roberts; their second film, Runaway Bride, was released in 1999.

Originally intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, the film was re-conceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget. It was widely successful at the box office and was the third-highest-grossing film of 1990. The film saw the highest number of ticket sales in the US ever for a romantic comedy,[2] with Box Office Mojo listing it as the number-one romantic comedy by the highest estimated domestic tickets sold.

Feminist Film Theory and Pretty Woman by Mari Ruti: https://books.google.ca/books?id=zzDSDAAAQBAJ&dq=pretty+woman&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Samantha reviews her latest Wendy Walker read, Emma in the Night, Indy recommends the pitch perfect sci-fi ridiculousness of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, & we preview next week's big watch, the 90’s romantic comedy Pretty Woman! 

Plus, the insane baby-marrying of Music From Another Room, physical media, John Steinbeck, & more!
 

Music From Another Room Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq-5oXPgqVU&ab_channel=VideoDetective

The Fifth Element Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ9RqgcR24g&ab_channel=TheReviewLib


Pretty Woman Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EBAVoN8L_U&ab_channel=RottenTomatoesClassicTrailers

The Fifth Element[b] is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film conceived and directed by Luc Besson, as well as co-written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, the film's central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. To accomplish this, Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against the impending attack of a malevolent cosmic entity.

 

Music from Another Room is a 1998 American romantic comedy, directed by Charlie Peters and starring Jude Law, Jennifer Tilly, Gretchen Mol, Martha Plimpton, and Brenda Blethyn.

August 22, 2022

171 Jaws (1975)

In this episode, we’re dissecting the Steven Spielberg classic Jaws, including how it benefited from mistakes, its painful similarities to our modern lives, the creation of the summer blockbuster, masculinity, economical character development, bell-bottoms, sharks, & more!

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the 1974 novel by Peter Benchley. It stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody who, with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw), hunts a man-eating great white shark that is attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town. Murray Hamilton plays the mayor, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody's wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

Indy listens to the landmark soul soundtrack Superfly by Curtis Mayfield, Samantha goes on a twisty journey with Wendy Walker’s Don’t Look For Me, and we preview the original summer blockbuster, Jaws!
Plus the politics of Y2K, multiple narrators, germaphobia, waterparks, and more!

August 8, 2022

169 Crossroads (2002)

It’s not a series of road trip vignettes, but not quite a movie, this week we are watching the Britney Spears film Crossroads! We discuss smokey eyes, Roadhouse, man-tantrums, casting, and we pitch our ideas for Crossroads 2!


Crossroads is a 2002 American teen drama road film directed by Tamra Davis, from a screenplay by Shonda Rhimes. It stars Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldaña, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd. Set in Georgia, it centers on three teenage girls on a cross-country road trip, as they find themselves and their friendship in the process.

Samantha reads It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, Indy looks back fondly at the graphic novels of Mariko Tamaki, and we preview the Britney Spears film Crossroads! Plus booktok, beach reads, 2000s fashion, & #GirlGangFunTimeGalPals.

Mariko Tamaki (born 1975) is a Canadian artist and writer. She is known for her graphic novels Skim, Emiko Superstar, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, and This One Summer, and for several prose works of fiction and non-fiction.[1] In 2016 she began writing for both Marvel and DC Comics. She has twice been named a runner-up for the Michael L. Printz Award.

July 25, 2022

167 Citizen Kane (1941)

This week we tackle one of the greatest films ever created: Citizen Kane! We discuss auteur theory, Orson Welles, camera trickery, cavernous cinematography, Donald Trump, William Randolph Hearst, corruption of idealists, capitalist machinery, semiotics, old age make-up, & more!  Does it deserve the hype? Are some parts actually underrated? Let's see what 2 people born in the 80s have to say!

 

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, directed by, and starring Orson Welles. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Herman J. Mankiewicz. The picture was Welles' first feature film. Citizen Kane is widely regarded as the greatest film ever made.

Orson Welles Champagne Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFevH5vP32s&ab_channel=grimscribe126

 

The Union Forever by The White Stripes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X6PoXzpyz0&ab_channel=Killoboker

Indy talks about Ethiopian Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Samantha’s latest beach read is With You All the Way by Cynthia Hand, and then we prepare to watch the (maybe) greatest film of all time: Citizen Kane! Plus; Scarface, books for 16 year olds, The Sixth Sense spoilers, bunk, Ed Wood, and more!

Mulatu Astatke (ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ, born 19 December 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger considered as the father of "Ethio-jazz".

Born in Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. Mulatu led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music—as well as other percussion instruments, keyboards, and organs. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Mulatu appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during the Ethiopian Golden Age in 1970s.

We are finally finishing our journey into the Step Up universe with the 2019 Chinese film Step Up: Year of the Dance (AKA Step Up China)! Dance battles, prison stints, glass smashing, a villain named Chipmunk, crews, wine throwing, warehouses… does this movie have it all? 

 

Step Up: Year of the Dance is a 2019 Chinese film directed by Ron Yuan. Youth from different social classes in Beijing come together to form China's best dance crew and learn what it really means to be family. It was released in theaters internationally on June 26, 2019, and in the U.S. on digitally on January 21, 2020.

Samantha reviews the dark comedy Why Women Kill, Indy re-reads some of his childhood favourites like; The Phantom Tollbooth, Maniac Magee, & Bridge to Terabithia, then we prepare to finish of the Step up series with the Chinese film Step Up: Year of the Dance, AKA Step Up China! Plus ice cream cone laws, keeping secrets, sweet sweet crime, Nova reruns, Animal Planet, Samantha’s murder plans, & more!

 

Why Women Kill is an American dark comedy-drama anthology television series created by Marc Cherry. Set in multiple time periods, the series depicts the events leading to deaths caused by women. It premiered on August 15, 2019, on CBS All Access and its first season consists of 10 episodes.[1] The second season premiered on June 3, 2021, on Paramount+.[2] In December 2021, the series was renewed for a third season.

 

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's fantasy adventure novel written by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, first published in 1961. The story follows a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth that transports him to the once prosperous, but now troubled, Kingdom of Wisdom. 

 

Maniac Magee is a novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and published in 1990 Exploring themes of racism and inequality, it follows the story of an orphan boy looking for a home in the fictional town of Two Mills.

 

Bridge to Terabithia is a novel written by Katherine Paterson, about two children named Leslie and Jesse who create a magical forest kingdom in their imaginations. The book was originally published in 1977 by Thomas Crowell, and in 1978, it won the Newbery Medal.

June 27, 2022

163 Ed Wood (1994)

This week we are covering the biopic Ed Wood! We discuss the careers of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, the art of filmmaking, relentless optimism, the friendship of Ed Wood and Bela Lagosi, 1950s sci-fi, and the dream of creating art free of judgement. Plus; Nicolas Cage Superman, Danny Devito toys, arguments about Alice in Wonderland, pirates, eye makeup, and more!

Ed Wood is a 1994 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and produced by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Ed Wood, the eponymous cult filmmaker. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he made his best-known films as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau. Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, and Bill Murray are among the supporting cast.

Indy explores the wholesome but captivating drama of the Japanese reality TV show Old Enough! (はじめてのおつかい), Samantha reviews the mystery thriller Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter in time for its Netflix release, and Indy prepares for the Tim Burton / Johnny Depp collaboration about a filmmaker with more enthusiasm than talent, Ed Wood!

 

Old Enough! (Japanese: はじめてのおつかい, romanized: Hajimete no Otsukai, lit.'My First Errand') is a Japanese reality show that has been aired irregularly since 1991 on Nippon Television. The program depicts, in a documentary manner, the efforts of toddlers going on an errand on their own—buying groceries, delivering packages—accompanied by the camera crew. The program has been distributed internationally since 2022 on Netflix.

 

Pieces of Her is a thriller novel by American author Karin Slaughter, published on August 21, 2018 by William Morrow and Company and HarperCollins Publishers. The novel has been adapted into a television series of the same name.

 

Plan 9 From Outer Space full movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln7WF78PolA&ab_channel=elvis316

 

Ed Wood Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CawVaHxWvnA&ab_channel=thecultbox

 

Overdue Finds, The Edmonton Public Library Podcast: https://www.epl.ca/podcast/#episodes

We’ve finally made it to the final (American) installment of the Step Up dance movie franchise: Step Up: All In! We have an all-star(ish) cast of returning characters, fantastic outfits, unsafe driving practices, Las Vegas, manufactured conflict, sand throwing, enigmatic pop stars, and even dancing!

Step Up All In on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGrAEPfrhVw&t=3s&ab_channel=Conceited

Step Up: All In is a 2014 American dance film directed by Trish Sie (in her feature film directorial debut) and written by John Swetnam. It serves as a sequel to 2012's Step Up Revolution and the fifth and final installment in the Step Up film series. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, and Adam Sevani.

Samantha recommends the historical biography Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England by Gemma Hollman, Indy reminisces about the brilliant subversion of the comedy troupe The Kids In The Hall and previews their reboot, and we prepare to Step Up all over again with Step Up All In!

Step Up All In on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGrAEPfrhVw&t=3s&ab_channel=Conceited

 

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy TV series that aired for five seasons from 1988 to 1995, starring the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. The troupe, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, appeared as almost all the characters throughout the series, both male and female, and also wrote most of the sketches. The series debuted as a one-hour pilot special which aired on HBO and CBC Television in 1988, and began airing as a regular weekly series on both services in 1989. The regular series premiered July 21, 1989 on HBO, and September 14 on CBC. In the United States, the first three seasons were on HBO before it moved to CBS in 1993, where it stayed for two more seasons airing late Friday nights. CBC aired the show for the whole duration of its run.


Fuck The Bank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-2w3N2VLVo&ab_channel=SketchiT

 

Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England By Gemma Hollman: https://www.simonandschuster.ca/books/Royal-Witches/Gemma-Hollman/9781643137704

Overdue Finds (Edmonton Public Library) podcast on The Kids in the Hall: https://overduefinds.libsyn.com/website/109-the-kids-in-the-hall

On this week’s episode we are discussing the underappreciated 1999 animated film The Iron Giant. We discuss 1950s America, the fear of outsiders, gun control, the changing face of the villain in American cinema, why Indy doesn’t like Mark Sinclair (Vin diesel), wisdom of the innocent, putting yourself back together after failure, Happy Gilmore, the controversy of non-violence, self-made heroes, and how The Iron Giant would be received today. Give it a listen. You don’t have anything better to do, right?


The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction film produced by Warner Bros. Feature Animation and directed by Brad Bird in his directorial debut. It is based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (which was published in the United States as The Iron Giant) and was scripted by Tim McCanlies from a story treatment by Bird. The film stars the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, and M. Emmet Walsh. Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film centers on a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers and befriends a giant alien robot. With the help of a beatnik artist named Dean McCoppin, Hogarth attempts to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant.

The Iron Giant on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/589394?utm_source=justwatch-feed&tracking=justwatch-feed

The Iron Giant on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/14428392

Indy reveals the winners (and who he thinks should have won) from the 2022 Young Readers Choice Awards like; New Kid by Jerry Craft, The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman, With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, and more. Samantha revisits the early days of the pandemic with Jodi Picoult’s novel Wish You Were Here. Then we reveal next week’s big watch, the underappreciated 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant!

 

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult: https://www.jodipicoult.com/wish-you-were-here.html 

 

YRCA at EPL: https://www.epl.ca/yrca/

The Young Reader’s Choice Awards (YRCA) is a year-long reading program for children in Grades 4 to 12 living in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), it is the only award where children choose the nominated books and the winners.

The Iron Giant trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhS6Uinx5jw&ab_channel=WarnerBros.

 

The Iron Giant on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/589394?utm_source=justwatch-feed&tracking=justwatch-feed

 

The Iron Giant on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/14428392

This week we’re breaking down the 4th instalment of the Step Up dance movie franchise: Step Up Revolution! It’s a film full of lowriders, bikinis, forgettable characters, domestic terrorism, real estate dealings, Moose, ski movie plots, terrible waiters, welding, Nike sponsorships, and some dancing. What more could you ask for?

Step Up Revolution (released in some countries as Step Up 4: Miami Heat) is a 2012 American 3D dance film directed by Scott Speer (in his feature film directorial debut) and written by Amanda Brody. It serves as a sequel to 2010's Step Up 3D and the fourth installment in the Step Up film series. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Cleopatra Coleman, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Tommy Dewey, and Peter Gallagher.

Samantha’s latest read is the historical true crime book The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan, Indy recommends the Netflix anime Aggretsuko, the cutest show about loneliness and frustration around, then we preview the 4th installment of everyone’s favourite dance movie franchise, Step Up Revolution!

 

Aggretsuko, also known by its original Japanese title Aggressive Retsuko (Japanese: アグレッシブ烈子, Hepburn: Aguresshibu Retsuko), is a Japanese animated comedy streaming television series based on the eponymous character created by "Yeti" for the mascot company Sanrio. The character first appeared in a series of animated shorts by Fanworks which aired on TBS Television between April 2016 and March 2018.

Criticism of The Betrayal of Anne Frank: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-criticism-of-the-betrayal-of-anne-frank-puts-spotlight-on-rosemary/

This week we’re discussing the 1951 Sci-Fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, including its place in American history, how little we’ve changed in 70 years, 5G microchip vaccines, the Red Scare, the theremin, space Jesus, American exceptionalism, and we try to figure out where heaven is.

 

The Day The Earth Stood Still full movie:  https://archive.org/details/The.Day.The.Earth.Stood.Still1951

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (a.k.a. Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 American science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein and directed by Robert Wise. The film stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier and Lock Martin. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and the film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.[4]

Set in the Cold War during the early stages of the nuclear arms race, the film's storyline involves a humanoid alien visitor who comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful robot, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race.

In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

 

A Trip to the Moon by George Méliès (1902):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtR9bQupak&ab_channel=UnitedGlobalPictures

Indy wants you to be a casual astronomy fan, Samantha read the ballet memoir Swan Dive by Georgina Pazcoguin, and we get ready to explore 1950s sci-fi with The Day The Earth Stood Still! Plus wedding talk, Mark Messier, why sports journalism and Edmonton Oilers fans make Indy look at stars, realtor names, theremin, and more!

 

The Day The Earth Stood Still full movie: https://archive.org/details/The.Day.The.Earth.Stood.Still1951


The Day The Earth Stood Still Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVRptT6fa7I&ab_channel=TrailerChan

 

Messier 43 or M43, also known as De Mairan's Nebula and NGC 1982, is a star-forming nebula with a prominent H II region in the equatorial constellation of Orion. It was discovered by the French scientist Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan some time before 1731,[2] then catalogued by Charles Messier in 1769.[a] It is physically part of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), separate from that main nebula by a dense lane of dust known as the northeast dark lane.[4] It is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.

 

Pillars of Creation is a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, in the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light-years (2,000–2,100 pc; 61–66 Em) from Earth.[1] They are so named because the gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars, while also being eroded by the light from nearby stars that have recently formed.[2] Taken on April 1, 1995, it was named one of the top ten photographs from Hubble by Space.com.[3] The astronomers responsible for the photo were Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen from Arizona State University. The region was rephotographed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory in 2011, and again by Hubble in 2014 with a newer camera.

Georgina Pazcoguin is an American ballerina. She is a soloist with the New York City Ballet, and is known for challenging racism in ballet,[2] and for performing on Broadway.

April 18, 2022

153 Step Up 3D (2010)

It’s time for the 3rd installment of the Step Up franchise: Step Up 3D! Samantha claims it’s in the top 5, or 10, or 20, films of all time, Indy pitches Step Up X: Dance of Death, plus the Bushido code, magic Nike Dunks, boring engineering students, and more!

Step Up 3D (also known as Step Up 3) is a 2010 American 3D dance film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer. It serves as a sequel to 2008's Step Up 2: The Streets and the third installment in the Step Up film series. The film sees the return of Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner, who portrayed Moose from Step Up 2: The Streets and Camille Gage from Step Up, respectively. It also stars Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson.

Samantha Hees recommends the novel After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Indy Randhawa has short reviews of the last novels of Kurt Vonnegut, including Galapagos, Bluebeard, and Timequake, and we preview next week’s feature Step Up 3D! Plus NPR voices, French serial killer Gilles de Rais, relationship advice, shirt predictions, and more!

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (/ˈvɒnəɡət/;[1] November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

Step Up is an American romantic dance film multi-media franchise created by Duane Adler for the first film in the series, Step Up (2006). The franchise includes five films and a television series. The series has received generally mixed reviews from critics. It has grossed a collective total of $651 million.

 

Taylor Jenkins Reid, After I Do: https://taylorjenkinsreid.com/books/after-i-do/

 

It’s time for our 3rd Annual Awards Show Spectacular, and we’re giving out awards to the films we’ve discussed over the last 50 episodes. Who gave a worse performance in Twilight, Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart? Would you rather be haunted by Beetlejuice or Christina Aguilera? Who will win the best animal friend award? Or most delicious food? Listen and find out! 

It’s time for another visit to Studio Ghibli as we discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s coming of age classic featuring a young witch and her cat: Kiki’s Delivery Service! We discuss women getting shit done, sassy cats, hard lessons about the loneliness of growing up, the rise and fall of blimps, WWII metaphors, all the things you’ve come to expect from Indy Randhawa and Samantha Hees.

 

Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese: 魔女の宅急便, Hepburn: Majo no Takkyūbin, "Witch's Delivery Service") is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film written, produced, and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, adapted from the 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono. It was animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Yamato Transport and the Nippon Television Network and distributed by the Toei Company. It tells the story of Kiki, a young witch who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. According to Miyazaki, the movie portrays the gulf between independence and reliance in teenage Japanese girls.

Indy runs down his list of best talking cats, including Salem Saberhagen, Sailor Moon’s Luna, and more, Samantha reviews the satirical thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window with Kristen Bell, and we prepare for our annual dose of Miyazaki: Kiki’s Delivery Service!

Salem Highlights From Sabrina The Teenage Witch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkrIMIKZnc&ab_channel=FunbucketattheMovies

 

Some Changes to Sailor Moon for North America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFGagOZVDaU&ab_channel=WatchMojo.com

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (originally titled The Woman in the House) is an American miniseries created by Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf. Kristen Bell, Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Shelley Hennig and Samsara Yett star in the series, which has elements of the dark comedy and thriller genres, but is primarily a parody of mystery psychological thrillers. The eight-episode series runs less than four hours and was released on January 28, 2022, on Netflix. It received mixed reviews from critics, while Bell's performance was praised.

This week we’re covering the sequel everyone demanded, Step Up 2: The Streets! We break down the dancing, romance, shirt budgets, getting served, Henry V, defenestrations, the many crimes of the heroes, theatre tech, inspirational cultural appropriation speeches, and more!

Opening Subway Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAB3CjAW_UQ&ab_channel=Flaqko%27sArchive

The Final Rain Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCXOuYGKSoo&ab_channel=Flaqko%27sArchive

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YaNKBmRNvY&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers

Sam recommends Open Book, the autobiography of Jessica Simpson, Indy does several quick reviews of some middle career Kurt Vonnegut novels like; Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Slapstick, and more, then we prepare to Step Up 2: The Streets!

Plus, when was the last good musical, and are Disney live action remakes a metaphor for growing up?

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

Jessica Ann Johnson (née Simpson; born July 10, 1980)[3] is an American singer, actress, businesswoman and fashion designer. After performing in church choirs as a child, Simpson signed with Columbia Records in 1997, at age 17. Her debut studio album, Sweet Kisses (1999), sold two million copies in the United States and saw the commercial success of the single "I Wanna Love You Forever". Simpson adopted a more mature image for her second studio album, Irresistible (2001), and its title track became her second top 20 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In This Skin (2003), Simpson's third studio album, sold three million copies in the United States.

Step Up 2: The Streets trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL2wDI-O5YQ&ab_channel=StepUpMovie 

The Kurt Vonneguys: https://soundcloud.com/kurtvonneguys

 

This week we are looking at the life and music of Bob Marley. We track his life from his humble beginnings, becoming the face of Jamaica, assassination attempt, exodus, to becoming a worldwide influence, stopping in on his amazing music along the way.


Indy’s Bob Marley Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nstAXtZdMnU4AxgY-qe5ooaIFeOiu0LVNtKXNbAG2ss/edit?usp=sharing

 

ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? Netflix Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbRamkuMUHI&t=1s&ab_channel=Netflix

 

Politics in Jamaica, The Smile Jamaica Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Dc7Qro4ns&t=508s&ab_channel=BobMarley

 

Robert Nesta Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Over the course of his career, Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality.[6] He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for democratic social reforms. In 1976, Marley survived an assassination attempt in his home, which was thought to be politically motivated. He also supported legalization of marijuana, and advocated for Pan-Africanism.

We discuss some important subjects like, who was the first person to be called hot, and the fall of low rise jeans. Then Indy reviews the classic Zamrock album Africa by Amanaz, Samantha recommends Down the Rabbit Hole & Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison, and we prepare to discuss the life and music of Bob Marley.

Amanaz was a Zamrock band founded in 1973 in Kitwe, Zambia.[1] The group released their only album, the acclaimed Africa, in 1975. Amanaz drew influences from American and British rock of the late 1960s–early 1970s, especially the music of Jimi Hendrix, and from traditional Zambian music, identifiable in Watson Lungu's drumming and Keith Kabwe's vocals. The band's name is the acronym of "Ask Me About Nice Artistes In Zambia".

Holly Madison[1] (née Cullen; born December 23, 1979)[2] is an American model and television personality.[3] She appeared in the E! reality television show The Girls Next Door and her own series, Holly's World. She has also released two books, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny in 2015 and The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention in 2016.

Etymology of Hot: https://theawesomer.com/the-origin-of-the-slang-hot/305294/

February 14, 2022

144 Step Up (2006)

We’re dancing into Valentine’s Day with Step Up, and talking giant clothes, dance skills, stealing cars, choreography, Channing Tatum’s busy schedule, The Wire, black trauma as a vehicle for white growth, you know, the usual stuff.

 

Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance drama film directed by Anne Fletcher (in her feature film directorial debut) from a screenplay by Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg and a story by Adler. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, and Rachel Griffiths.

Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged Tyler Gage (Tatum) and the privileged modern dancer Nora Clark (Dewan), who find themselves paired up in a showcase that determines both of their futures. Realizing that they only have one chance, they finally work together.

Step Up was released by Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment in the United States on August 11, 2006.[4] The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but became a box office success, grossing $114.2 million worldwide against a budget of $12 million. It spawned a franchise that includes four sequels and a television series.

After a super light intro about pulling the plug on Indy if he’s ever in the flesh prison of a coma, DNRs, chainsaw-handed robots, The Golden Girls, Bob Seger, Bob Saget… honestly, you could just jump to the 6 minute mark…
Then Samantha reviews the novel One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Indy does rapid-fire recommendations of Kurt Vonnegut’s early work, including The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, & God Bless You Mr. Rosewater,  and finally we preview next week’s watch, the film that launched a dance franchise: 2006’s Step up! 

#PrincessWasted

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ( November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, with further collections being published after his death.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid: https://taylorjenkinsreid.com/books/one-true-loves/

Kurt Vonnegut: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Vonnegut

Step Up trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm_kACNrF3E&ab_channel=KillerCinemadotcom

January 31, 2022

142 Cool Runnings (1993)

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s podcast time! We’re feeling very Olympic today as we discuss Cool Runnings, the story of the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. We discuss late eighties fashion, the cold hard truth of the cold, teaching kids about racism, the lessons we learn from failure, countless one- liners, and much more!

 

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American comedy sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, and John Candy. It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings was released in the United States on October 1, 1993 to generally positive reviews. The film's soundtrack also became popular with Jimmy Cliff performing a cover of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now", which reached the top 40 as a single in the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

Indy watched Tammy and the T-Rex where Paul Walker’s brain gets put inside a dinosaur robot which then eats a bunch of people, Samantha journeys with Michaela DePrince From War Orphan To Star Ballerina in her autobiography Taking Flight, and we preview next week’s big watch just in time for the Olympics: Cool Runnings!

 

Tammy & the TRex Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dY-kACvfgc&ab_channel=Foywonder

 

Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/20685495-taking-flight

 

First Position Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_cOwCKODgs&ab_channel=DanceOn

 

Cool Runnings Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLlmymHRNZg&ab_channel=OnlyPreviews

January 17, 2022

140 Twilight (2008)

We’re talking about Twilight, the movie that has it all: sparkling vampires, wooden teenagers, red flags, vegetarians, baseball, stalkers, head shaking, uncomfortable metaphors, and so much more!

Oh, and Laurant is not black in the Twilight books.

 

Twilight is a 2008 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2005 novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It is the first film in The Twilight Saga film series. This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a coven of evil vampires.

Sam talks about the divergent paths of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel Maybe In Another Life, Indy discusses the relentless optimism of Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis, and we preview the vampire story that changed/ creeped out the world: Twilight! 

 

Ted Lasso is an American sports comedy-drama streaming television series developed by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly, based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports' coverage of the Premier League. The series follows Ted Lasso, an American college football coach who is hired to coach an English soccer team in an attempt by its owner to spite her ex-husband. Lasso tries to win over the skeptical English market with his folksy, optimistic demeanor while dealing with his inexperience in the sport.

 

Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: https://taylorjenkinsreid.com/books/maybe-in-another-life/

Allen Iverson Practice Speech:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGDBR2L5kzI&ab_channel=gordievsky

Ted Lasso Practice Speech:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UMIcM66S1M&ab_channel=MattGFX77

Twilight Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHtluksWi44&ab_channel=EdwardCullen

Overdue Finds Podcast: https://www.epl.ca/podcast/

In what Indy describes as “one of the worst episodes yet” due to Covid symptoms and a new studio, we discuss the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. We do have a few coherent thoughts though, like; the themes of isolation and being an outsider, vampire lore, the divide between children and adults, & what it means to let the right one in.

Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a strange child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s.

We discuss the space-age philosophy and puppy-cuteness of the Netflix animated series Dogs in Space, the jet-age stories of Pan Am flight attendants in Julia Cooke’s Come Fly the World, and we preview next week’s big watch the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In.
Plus, New Year’s Resolutions, liberal vampires, conservative zombies, and much more!

Dogs in Space is an animated action-adventure streaming television series created by Jeremiah Cortez and developed by Cortez, James Hamilton and Adam Henry for Netflix. Produced by GrizzlyJerr Productions, Atomic Cartoons and Netflix Animation, the series premiered on November 18, 2021.

Dogs In Space trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzOLg2KuyHw&ab_channel=NetflixFutures

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53968539-come-fly-the-world

 

Let The Right One In Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICp4g9p_rgo&ab_channel=MagnoliaPictures%26MagnetReleasing

December 20, 2021

136 Love Hard (2021)

This week we’re discussing the Netflix Christmas movie, Love Hard! We get some exclusive behind the scenes info from a source on set, plus we have hot takes on Walden, bobsledding tips, The Shredder, cats in hats, the declining population of Venice, defunct Olympic events, and so many more divergences.

Plus, Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Is Baby, It’s Cold Outside creepy? We don’t care, just stop talking about it.

 

Love Hard is a 2021 American romantic comedy film directed by Hernán Jiménez and written by Danny Mackey and Rebecca Ewing. The film, which stars Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and Darren Barnet, is about a young woman who travels to her online crush's hometown for Christmas, but discovers she's been catfished. Love Hard was produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision, and filmed in Vancouver from October to November 2020. The film was released by Netflix on November 5, 2021.

Chimp washing a cat:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkviIYKjPyw 

John Legend - Baby it’s cold outside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I776VyXJab4 

Die Hard - Body on chair scene (with santa hat): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0CL__Tvp-o 

Baby it’s cold outside (Love Hard): https://youtu.be/3exSprXZnPE 

Buzzfeed will tell you if you’re a Karen based on your dislike of broccoli, or something: https://www.buzzfeed.com/soccersamsantos/decide-between-these-foods-and-we-will-tell-you-if-8edcbvgduz

Former Olympic Events: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Former_Olympic_sports

A Very Nutty Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS20CBBRIgk&ab_channel=SmashThatTrailer

After an introduction about the divinity of perception and BBQ names, we share a few of our favourite Christmas songs by artists like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, & The Raveonettes. Then we preview next week's film, the Netflix original; Love Hard! Plus, reasons why you should wear a coat, how piracy is in the holiday spirit, peppers, milk, and cocaine!

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9kfdEyV3RQ&ab_channel=JamesChristianJr.

The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUiZRWsIGAY&ab_channel=TheRaveonettesVEVO


Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwacxSnc4tI&t=26s&ab_channel=WalterTan

Bing Crosby - Mele Kalikimaka- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEvGKUXW0iI 
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAkMkVFwAoo  

Anne Murray- Silver bells:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_OOR8R5D9A

Love Hard Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3boMRfx6cjE&ab_channel=Netflix

 

Our Christmas extravaganza continues with The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is summarized by Samantha as “A bad dude is visited by 3 ghosts, it scares him, and he becomes nice.” It combines 2 beloved worlds and we discuss the existence of an afterlife, the birth of Christmas traditions, fantastic performances from Michael Caine and several muppets, and why this movie inexplicably works.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 Christmas musical comedy directed by Brian Henson (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Jerry Juhl. Adapted from the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, it stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, alongside Muppet performers Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, and Frank Oz. Although artistic license is taken to suit the aesthetic of the Muppets, The Muppet Christmas Carol otherwise follows Dickens's original story closely.[4] It is the fourth theatrical film in The Muppets franchise, and the first to be produced following the deaths of the Muppets creator Jim Henson and the performer Richard Hunt; the film is dedicated to both.

The film was released in the United States on December 11, 1992, by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. It received modest box office success and mostly positive reviews. It is the first Muppets film to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures, whose parent company would later acquire the Muppets franchise in 2004.

We discuss the War on Christmas (and how Christmas is clearly winning) Indy pontificates on the classic, but surprisingly solemn, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Samantha recounts the twists, turns, and switches of Netflix’s The Princess Switch Trilogy, and we preview next week’s festive watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special. It is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. In the special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers when he chooses a real, but puny, Christmas tree as a centerpiece. After Linus speaks of the true meaning of Christmas, the neighborhood decorates the tree as a Christmas gift to Charlie Brown.

 

The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl from a screenplay by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.
The film's concept of two people running into one another who look identical and switch places comes from Mark Twain's 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper.
It was released on November 16, 2018, by Netflix. It was followed by a sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, which premiered on November 19, 2020 and The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, which premiered on November 18, 2021.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1YumE28SPw&ab_channel=VHSafterlife

We watched Nancy Meyer’s Something’s Gotta Give and are discussing the performances of stars Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, & Keanu Reeves, scream crying, talking directly to your audience, dangerous CPR techniques, beige clothes, romance, & more!

Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, and was a box office hit, grossing $266 million worldwide. For her performance Keaton received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, while Nicholson received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Samantha Recommends The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson and her favourite audiobook readers, Indy has a Kurt Vonnegut update about Breakfast of Champions and the Kurt Vonneguys and talks about the police procedural / brilliant comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then Samantha hopes her high school self’s taste has improved as we get ready to watch Something’s Gotta Give.

 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police procedural comedy television series that aired on Fox, later airing on NBC from September 17, 2013, to September 16, 2021, after eight seasons and 153 episodes. It was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

The series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). The rest of the cast features Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully.


The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison M. Dickson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42430774-the-other-mrs-miller

The Kurt Vonneguys: https://www.facebook.com/kurtvonneguys/

This week our discussion of Park Chan-wook’s I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay (싸이보그지만 괜찮아) covers sympathy, empathy, finger guns, the subjectivity of reality, the meaning of life, the 7 deadly sins, finger guns, representations of mental health, neuro divergence, and plenty of yawns.

 

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Korean: 싸이보그지만 괜찮아; Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchana) is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Park Chan-wook, Staring Rain 정지훈 as Park Il-soon and Im Soo-jung 임수정 as Cha Young-goon

A young woman who believes she's a cyborg hears voices and harms herself while at work making radios. She's hospitalized in a mental institution where she eats nothing and talks to inanimate objects. She's Young-goon, granddaughter of a woman who thought she was a mouse (and whose dentures Young-goon wears) and a mother who's a butcher without much social grace. Young-goon comes to the attention of Il-sun, a ping-pong playing patient at the institution who makes it his goal to get her to eat. Will he succeed? Which way does sanity lie?

 

Our fantastic realtor Sarah Leib: https://sarahleib.com/

Indy talks about Southern Hip-Hop pioneers The Geto Boys, Scarface, and his autobiography Diary of a Madman, Samantha recommends the Old Hollywood historical fiction The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and we introduce next week’s watch, the (sort of) romantic comedy I’m A Cyborg But That’s Okay from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook!

 

Brad Terrence Jordan (born November 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper and record producer best known as a member of the Geto Boys, a hip hop group from Houston, Texas.[2] He grew up in Houston and is originally from the city's South Acres (Crestmont Park) neighborhood.[3] In 2012, The Source ranked him #16 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time,[4] while About.com ranked him #6 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).

The Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) is an American hip hop group originally formed in Houston, Texas. The group was formed in 1987.[1] The Geto Boys enjoyed success in the 1990s with the group's classic lineup consisting of Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D, earning several certified albums and hit singles, including "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Geto Boys earned notoriety for lyrics covering controversial topics such as misogyny, gore, psychotic experiences, and necrophilia. About.com ranked the Geto Boys No. 10 on its list of the 25 Best Rap Groups of All-Time, describing them as "southern rap pioneers who paved the way for future southern hip-hop acts."

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction novel by American author Taylor Jenkins Reid and published by Atria Books in 2017. The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at the age of 79 decides to give a final interview to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant. According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo was loosely based in part on actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations. Reid also discusses how Rita Hayworth was a big influence on the character Evelyn Hugo. Hayworth, whose father was a Spaniard, had a very similar start to Hugo which can be seen in the beginning of the novel.

 

Mind Playing Tricks on Me by Geto Boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJtHdkyo0hc&ab_channel=UPROXXVideo

Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJCFc_qkHw&ab_channel=UPROXXVideo

October 25, 2021

128 Practical Magic (1998)

We’re discussing Practical Magic, a Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman film full of witches, ghosts, backwards horse riding, cactus pancakes, self stirring coffee cups, death beetles, and sisterhood. Sometimes. But usually not.

Plus controversial opinions on Fleetwood Mac and it's hanged, not hung. I guess it depends what you are talking about.

 

Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy fantasy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn, and Goran Višnjić.

Bullock and Kidman play sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, who have always known they were different from other people - they are witches. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but normal — their aunts fed them brownies for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But being a member of the Owens family carries a curse: The men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that could take away all the Owenses' lives.

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